“Everyone has the right to his own opinion.” We hear this line used over and over, but do we every consider this statements validity? Just the other day I have seen a post with a picture of Abraham Lincoln with an IPhone. Underneath it said: Please don’t say this picture was “photoshopped”. There was no Photoshop [image-editing software] back then. How cunningly portrayed, because it is true, there was not Photoshop Imaging software available at that point of time, without realizing that an old picture could have been manipulated yesterday with Photoshop. We are too often presented with some half-truth, which are right in certain features, but overall false. This is called deception. [Deception is the act of propagating beliefs, in things that are not true, or not fully true. Deception can involve cover-up, marketing, and sleight of hand, [card cheating] as well as distraction, camouflage, or concealment. There is also self-deception, as in unsubstantiated faith. The Photoshop illustration was just a very simple example, but what do you think, how ingeniously we are exposed to half-truth in everything about life on a daily basis? Especially the cover-up of a continual form of deception which consists, in entertaining or pretending to entertain one set of feelings towards God and spiritual matters, and acting as if influenced by another. As you might have noticed, I am writing here about Christians that should know better, which are for whatever reason entangled in a web of carefully woven lies that are absorbed and treated as being true.
Oh, God come and give us light, take the blindfolds of our eyes. Strengthen us; prepare us Lord God, for we don’t know what we’re doing. Many do douse in a false sense of security, thinking they would never abandon Christ, not realizing in thinking they are so close, when in reality they the furthest away.
We are all in the same boat, it’s not a matter of being better, knowing more, having greater understanding. We all are absolutely nothing, and God wants us to unite us, to not fight, argue and debate with our very flawed and defective mind, but to know we all need him, and we should help each other up, and walk together in His direction.
Ephesians 6:12 (AMP) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
I am concerned that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his craftiness, so our minds have been corrupted and turned away from the straightforward simplicity of the teachings about Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:4 (AMP) For [you seem willing to allow it] if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted. You tolerate all this beautifully [welcoming the deception].
There is no God-given moral right to having your own opinion about God and the things of God. God commands all men to believe on the name of His son, Jesus Christ, not have their own opinions about him.
1 John 3:23 (AMP) This is His commandment, that we believe [with personal faith and confident trust] in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and [that we unselfishly] love and seek the best for one another, just as He commanded us.
Those who reject Jesus Christ are liars and they are calling God a liar.
1 John 2:22 (AMP) Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)? This is the antichrist [the enemy and antagonist of Christ], the one who denies and consistently refuses to acknowledge the Father and the Son.
1 John 5:10 (AMP) The one who believes in the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies confidently on Him as Savior] has the testimony within himself [because he can speak authoritatively about Christ from his own personal experience]. The one who does not believe God [in this way] has made Him [out to be] a liar, because he has not believed in the evidence that God has given regarding His Son.
We must not confuse what one has the ability to do with what one has a right to do. In the world, there is no legal right to commit murder even though people have the ability to do so. Likewise, there is no God-given moral right to reject the one true God just because people have the ability to do so. I don’t celebrate diversity when it comes to the things of God. I celebrate when people accept the Truth. We have an obligation to believe Him. All other options are not called “rights” in God’s Word; they are called “sin”.
John 16:7-11 (AMP) But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [a] Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment: about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me; about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (AMP) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God.
Believers or anyone else can have an opinion about who might win the next World Cup or whatever, but not about the things of God. When it comes to God’s Word, we are to study to show ourselves approved unto God. That leaves no room for opinions and certainly not the opinions of those who reject Him.
God has shown and extended his love to all mankind in giving His son as a sacrifice for us all. Romans 5:8 (AMP) But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God loves, but He has never compromised on what he expects people to believe. He has never offered an excuse for unbelief, and certainly not an excuse as lame as, “Well, they have the right to their own opinion.” We should follow God’s example rather than the example of those who are more concerned about offending people than they are about offending God.